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Laura Bryson

Apprentice Clinical Support Worker

As a teaching hospital trust education and personnel development plays a huge role in the day-to-day activities of LTHT and across all of our sites you can find people working in some kind of apprenticeship

The most numerous of our apprentices are our ACSWs (Apprentice Clinical Support Workers) who work and learn on the front line of care alongside our doctors, nurses and support staff.

"The best part of my job is that I have the opportunity to help people at the forefront of care. The variety of patients we see in CDU always keeps me on my toes and offers new hand-on experience," said Laura. "Every day brings something new, but I enjoy the challenge and am making the most of my time here learning new skills and the tools vital to the job."

"Lots of my time is spent helping patients with personal care, ensuring basic safety and good hygiene for our patients," she added. "It's great to know that I'm part of a team making a difference to people's lives."

"As an apprentice learning lies at the heart of everything that I do and I am always looking to develop in the role. Alongside the practical education on the ward, I also spend one day a month studying," she said. "The study day allows me to look into detail at one particular element of care, such as looking after patients with dementia or safeguarding, and helps to develop greater understanding."

"I am really enjoying my time here at LTHT and feel I'm getting lots out of my role. The team on the ward have been really supportive and willing to help me during my time working and learning," explained Laura. "I would really love to continue my career here in Leeds and my ultimate aspiration is to go on to become a nurse!"

Outside of work, Laura likes to go shopping and spend time out with friends. She also enjoys going to the gym when she has spare time.

"Even when I'm not at work, I like to read up about care and subjects around my work, and I am a keen independent learner," said Laura.